Should you be seeking fun-filled low cost holidays that offer a wide range of things for you to see and do, there may be few better places to visit than Italy.
Whether you’re seeking captivating culture, fantastic food or adrenalin-pumping activities, you will find the country offers these – and much more – in abundance.
And this can particularly prove to be the case if you visit Rome, the nation’s capital.
The founding point of the Roman Empire, you will find plenty of stunning ancient attractions, not least of all the Colosseum, which was built around 2,000 years ago.
Meanwhile, the Roman Forum, Pantheon, the Piazza del Campidoglio and the city’s catacombs are also must-sees.
However, if you’re keen to see something a little more contemporary, why not pay a visit to the National Gallery of Modern Art?
Visiting Rome also gives you the chance to go to the Vatican City. While the Vatican is located in the heart of Rome it is actually a separate country. Home to the Pope, you will find a number of captivating attractions including St Peter’s Basilica – the world’s largest church.
Going on Sardinia holidays can also be a great way to see Italy. The island, located to the west of the mainland, is the second largest in the Mediterranean and is a fantastic place to take part in sports such as sailing and kitesurfing.
You can also visit several ancient archaeological sites including the Ruins of Nora.
And be sure to head to the island’s capital – Cagliari – for some fantastic cuisine. Many of the dishes served in the restaurants and cafes incorporate seafood, so you may find you are able to dine on fish caught from the sea earlier that day.
Venice’s world-famous network of canals could make the perfect setting for a romantic break. Why not hire a gondola, so you can take in the city’s breathtaking architecture from the water?
Once the ride is over head to St Mark’s Square – or the Piazza San Marco as it is known by the locals. Here you can see sights including the ornate 15th century clock tower that sits on top of the Procuratie Vecchie.
The Franciscan church Basilica dei Frari is just one of the many other attractions worth checking out in Venice, while cinema lovers may be interested to note that the city is home to the world’s longest running film festival.
When thinking about where to go on a low cost holiday to Italy, you may also want to consider a trip to Milan. Situated in the north of the country, the city is home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral.
Milan holds a fashion week twice a year drawing designers and models from across the world, so heading here when the festival is on could be a fantastic trip for style queens. However, if you prefer football over fashion then a visit to the San Siro – where both AC and Internazionale play – may be up your street.
Other sights include the Milan Aquarium – which is home to more than 100 species of marine life – and the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum where you can find out more about the famous Italian artist and scientist.
However, if you’re keen to get back to nature, you may find the Lake Como area to be for you. Here you can relax by the water before exploring a number of historic homes.
With so many attractions, you can be sure of finding an Italian holiday that will appeal to you.